[Buddha-l] Some hae meat and canna eat

Richard Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Thu Jun 24 11:04:44 MDT 2010

On Jun 24, 2010, at 9:02 AM, Erik Hoogcarspel wrote:

> I remember from my macrobiotic days that eating a tomato was almost 
> suicide and the excitement when the buzz went that you could ´yangicise´ 
> tomatoes.

Did you ever read an article called "Brown rice, brown shirt"? The thesis of that article was that the macrobiotic diet was built upon a foundation of regarding all ethnic cooking as unhealthy and somehow anti-human. It went on to declare that "anti-ethnic" was actually code talk for anti-Jewish. The macrobiotic diet, it concluded, was devised by pro-Nazi Japanese fanatics bent on destroying Jews (and maybe some Koreans as a bonus) by depriving them of blintzes and lox and bagels. Let them eat bupkis.

> I remember that when I had diverted from my Osawa adoration I 
> cooked some aduki beans and wakame and how the very taste brought back 
> vivid memories of my old convictions.

Did you wear your swastika armband as you cooked the azuki beans? It's said to enhance the flavor. I always liked to line wakame beans up on a chopstick and pretend they were goose-stepping into my mouth.

> The definite sign of liberation 
> for a Jew or a Muslim is the taste of bacon.

That sounds wilder than anything Geert would say.

> Man ist was man iszt. You 
> are what you eat.

No wonder everyone thinks I'm bland and all mixed up. I'm a stir-fry.

But seriously, folks, if you really want to meat (er, meet) some wild and crazy dietary totalitarians, cozy up to some raw food aficionados. Cooked food, they love to say, is poison. If someone eats too much cooked food, they say, she completely loses her ability to assess evidence impartially and begins believing that Americans actually landed someone on the moon and that Jews were killed in concentration camps. Raw-food veganism sounds pretty much like the Middle Path to me.


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